Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
A favorite Chinese herb used for all kinds of stomach troubles, nausea, indigestion and cramps, it stimulates circulation and digestion.
However, people with stomach ulcers or hyper-acidity should avoid ginger.
It is often added to teas for colds and flues.
Externally it can be applied to sore muscles and stiff joints as well as to the forehead for headaches (crushed ginger or the essential oil of ginger).
The oil is also good for treating dandruff.
For coughs and bronchitis it can be applied to the chest as a plaster, while chewing fresh ginger relieves sore throats, hoarseness and loss of voice.
Modern research has shown it to be useful in treating motion sickness.
Its action is said to lower cholesterol and inhibit coagulation, thus making it useful in cases where there is a high risk of stroke.